12 Awesome Open-Source Linux Games You Should Not Miss

12 Awesome Open-Source Linux Games You Should Not Miss


Hi this is Phil from Make Tech Easier
and welcome to 12 awesome open source Linux games you
should not miss. Despite PC gaming being big business Linux users have often
been left to rot in gaming obscurity, with triple-A publishers favoring
operating systems with bigger market shares, gaming on a Linux machine has
been underwhelming to say the least. However this doesn’t mean that gaming is
non-existent. In the spirit of open source software talented developers have
been toiling to create entertaining and engaging games on Linux. Without further
ado here are some of our favorite open source games you can enjoy on Linux. OpenRA – Red Alert, Tiberian Dawn, Dune 2000. Command &
Conquer set the bar for realtime strategy games and there are some who
argue that it’s never quite been topped. OpenRA is an updated, uprezzed and
polished version of not just Red Alert but also Tiberian Dawn and Dune 2000, faithfully recreating these classic games with the interface and usability perks that we’d expect
from a game made today. All the games are completely free and are without question
the best way to play these classics and yes of course you can play LAN games
with your pals. 0 A.D. Despite still being in an alpha stage 0 A.D. is one of the most
impressive open-source games out there. Players take control of one of twelve
ancient civilizations and are tasked with its survival and proliferation. In order
to do this you must engage in combat with other civilizations while
maintaining your economy. Featuring a single-player campaign as well as
multiplayer 0 A.D. is perfect for those who are going through Age Of Empires
withdrawals. Super Tuxkart. It may have started as a Mario Kart clone but Super
Tuxkart has come into its own over the years. This kart racer has a slew of game
modes offering lots of racing replayability.
In addition to colorful graphics and well-designed tracks to race on one of
the best things about Super Tuxkart is its collection of characters,
mascots from various open source projects appear in the game; keep your eyes
peeled for the Gnu wildebeest, the SUSE gecko and the Mozilla Thunderbird.
The Dark Mod. Don’t let the name fool you this isn’t just a mod of an existing
game. Instead it is a standalone game born from an attempt to remake the game
Thief in the Doom 3 engine. In the dark mod players control and agile thief who
must use a variety of tools and equipment to avoid various threats. The
software is bundled with a level editor which allows users to create
their own missions. There are currently over 100 fan made missions with
various objectives. The Dark Mod has received significant attention from
gamers from the press even being crowned the second best free PC game by PC gamer
in 2016. Hedgewars. In this delightfully
destructive game players control hedgehogs who use anything and
everything to kill, maim and obliterate each other. The turn-based action takes
place on various destructive environments and features a dizzying
amount of weapons. The collateral damage of the weapons can alter the landscape
restricting the movement of the hedgehogs. Luckily the hedgehogs have
various tools like ropes and parachutes at their disposal to help them navigate
the land and get a clear shot at the enemy. If this sounds to you a lot like
another turn-based war game featuring seemingly harmless animals you wouldn’t
be wrong. Hedgewars is heavily influenced by the long-running Worms
series. Voxelands. Voxelands is a sandbox construction game in the same
vein as Minecraft. It places players in a fully destructible 3d world where they
can build pretty much anything want. Voxelands also boasts role-playing
elements requiring players to defend their structures from the elements and
enemies. The game features a large number of tools and over 500 different types of
blocks to aid in their construction. Whereas some players can experience some
performance issues with heavyweights like Minecraft Voxelands is
feather-light. The game’s website claims that the Voxelands can run on a
Pentium 1 processor and be played online with a 14.4 kilobyte connection.
Xonotic. The only FPS on the list Xonotic is a fast-paced multiplayer game
built on a heavily modified version of the Quake engine. Xonotic features
multiple game modes including staples like capture the flag and deathmatch and
features a number of futuristic weapons. Gameplay emphasis is on speed and
mastering level layout making Xonotic similar to games like Unreal Tournament
and Quake. The Battle for Wesnoth. Fancy fighting elves, trolls, orcs and dragons?
The Battle for Wesnoth indulges all your Tolkien-esque impulses in a turn-based
strategy game. Players fight for dominance in a high fantasy realm
populated with colorful retro sprites. In addition to factoring in the strengths
and weaknesses of Units, players must also account for weather and types of
terrain during their quest. All of which can have an effect on the outcome of a
battle. The stable version of the game includes 16 campaigns however there are
many unofficial campaigns in a form of user made add-ons. OpenTTD. A remake of
1995’s Transport Tycoon Deluxe, OpenTTD tasks players with managing a major
metropolitan transit system. The goal of the game is to build a transportation
network utilizing a variety of vehicles such as trains, boats, planes and trucks.
In addition players earn money for successful deliveries. The money can then
be used to build a more efficient infrastructure. OpenTTD supports
multiplayer games of up to 255 people split between 15 different transport
companies all in direct competition with one another. The game also supports a large and
active user base resulting in a wide variety of mods being available. Secret
Maryo Chronicles. It’s no “secret” as to what classic
games Secret Maryo Chronicles gets its
inspiration from. Rest assure this isn’t simply a half-baked ripoff. Secret Maryo
Chronicles has been championed by many as a solid platform loaded with
challenging puzzles. If you’ve been dying to take a trip down memory lane by a big
green pipe look no further. Pingus. It’s a common misconception that
lemmings march to their own demise but in this game the threat is very real.
Pingus is a clone of Lemmings, a popular game of the early 90s. The goal of the
game is to prevent cute penguins from plummeting to their deaths by giving
them instructions to navigate an area. Players can instruct penguins to build
bridges, construct tunnels and more in order to redirect the other penguins to
safety. The game includes a number of levels, multiplayer functionality and
even a level editor. There hasn’t been much development in recent years but if
you’re looking for a throwback to a simpler time
Pingus may be it. Astromenace. It’s a plot that we’ve all heard before: aliens
are invading and it’s up to YOU to annihilate them all. With impressive
visuals Astromenace is an arcade style shooter that really tests the players
hand-eye coordination. In the game players will have to navigate the
frontier of space while repelling hordes of enemy spaceships. Enemy units boast
unique attacks in serious firepower requiring players to be on their toes at
all times. Weapon and ship upgrades become available throughout the game and
trust us when we say you’ll need them to succeed in your mission. What are your
favorite open-source games to play on Linux? Let us know in the comments.
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